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Seth Davis
August 06, 2001
After spending a few days trying to defend the indefensible, Cincinnati-based promoter Chris Spencer said last Friday that he would find another venue to host three early-season tournaments scheduled to be played in Las Vegas. Spencer had arranged to have the games held in a ballroom at the Paris hotel and casino, drawing the ire of NCAA executive director Cedric Dempsey as well as Arizona senator John McCain, who at the NCAA's behest is cosponsoring a bill that would make it illegal for Las Vegas's sports books to take bets on college games. The likely new venue for the tournaments, in which 24 schools will participate, doesn't do much to help the NCAA's anti-gambling drive. The games will reportedly be played elsewhere in Las Vegas....
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August 06, 2001

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After spending a few days trying to defend the indefensible, Cincinnati-based promoter Chris Spencer said last Friday that he would find another venue to host three early-season tournaments scheduled to be played in Las Vegas. Spencer had arranged to have the games held in a ballroom at the Paris hotel and casino, drawing the ire of NCAA executive director Cedric Dempsey as well as Arizona senator John McCain, who at the NCAA's behest is cosponsoring a bill that would make it illegal for Las Vegas's sports books to take bets on college games. The likely new venue for the tournaments, in which 24 schools will participate, doesn't do much to help the NCAA's anti-gambling drive. The games will reportedly be played elsewhere in Las Vegas....

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